Banks is Patterson Police Services’ second traffic enforcement officer, a position that focuses mainly on Patterson’s roadways. Banks also fills another one of the department’s needs by bringing a third sergeant to the area.
“There are quite a few complaints about traffic all around town,” Patterson Police Chief Tyrone Spencer said.
Banks will be on hand in part to alleviate those problems. The addition of the motorcycle cop and his Honda Police Model ST-1300 are just the latest in recent expansions to Patterson Police Services, and more are likely to come. Several deputies joined the department this year, and the city is trying to find a larger police station to make room as the department expands.
The city got the funding for Banks’ position through a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The $236,495 grant purchased the motorcycle and will help pay for the traffic enforcement officer’s services for two years.
The police services contract between the city and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department states there should be .85 sworn law enforcement officers for every 1,000 people living in the city. Earlier this year, the city dropped below that ratio.
The addition of Banks and other new deputies takes the city past the .85 mark, Spencer said.
Working in Patterson is a homecoming of sorts for Banks. His first stint was 18 years ago as a reserve. After a few years in Gustine, he returned to Patterson, where he served from 1994 to 2002.
He came back to Patterson to fulfill his 16-year-long goal of becoming a motorcycle cop.